Cyna Rodriguez seeks to chalk up another win against a field she dominated the last time out as the ICTSI Sherwood Ladies Championship gets under way Tuesday at Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Trece Martirez, Cavite.
Rodriguez rallied to beat Sarah Ababa by six at ICTSI Riviera last month, a victory that did not only snap a three-leg slump in this year’s ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour but also put her back on track for another dominant run on the country’s first ladies pro circuit.
But the reigning back-to-back Order of Merit winner wants to take it one tournament at a time and not rush things up since the entire compact field is also out to stop her charge while fueling their own respective title drives in the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
“I’ll just try to keep it simple on the course, post low scores and hopefully come out with another win,” said Rodriguez, who will start out with title-hungry Chihiro Ikeda and amateur Felicia Medalla in the 7:30 a.m. flight.
Amolkan Phalajivin, who foiled Rodriguez’s bid for a fifth-straight win at LPGT Splendido last year, is back in the title hunt after skipping the Riviera stage to honor a previous commitment with the Thai ace tipped to provide a serious challenge for the Filipina ace’s drive for a second straight championship.
Phalajivin, also hoping to atone for her so-so joint 19th place finish at ICTSI Wack Wack won by amateur Princess Superal last April, tees off at 7:40 a.m. in the company of Apple Fudolin and amateur Marvi Monsalve.
Two other Thais were actually set to join the title chase in the event sponsored by ICTSI but begged off at the last minute due to travel document woes and injury.
Jayvie Agojo, a former leg winner, also pulled out of the tournament due to wrist injury that has hampered her campaign but the likes of Anya Tanpinco, Lovelynn Guioguio, Eva Miñoza, Lucy Landicho, Majorie Pulumbarit and Lina de Guzman are in the fold, all hoping to finally hit paydirt in the P500,000 event.
Koreans Oh Yeji and Kim So Un and amateurs Koh Eu Na and Hwang Min Jeong along with Sarah Henderson of England and Cristina Corpus of the US also try to finally put together solid games in all three days to contende for the crown and the top P100,000.